Bryan Robson has told Curtis Davies that the only time he should contemplate leaving The Hawthorns is if one of the Premiership's top four come calling.
West Bromwich Albion's centre-half penned a new four-year deal last week to end speculation over his future and the Baggies manager is convinced he made the correct decision.
While Arsenal were repeat-edly linked with the 21-year-old and Tottenham Hotspur offered £3.5 million for his services, the chief protagonists were Portsmouth.
Harry Redknapp tabled an £8.5m bid for Davies that tested Albion's resolve before being rejected by chairman Jeremy Peace.
Robson doesn't want to lose Davies and was happy to fight tooth and nail to ensure his foreseeable future is spent at The Hawthorns.
Of course, Albion's promotion push is of paramount importance for Robson, but he genuinely believes Davies' interests will be best served by remaining in the Black Country.
"I think that if Curtis Davies is ever going to leave this club, it has to be for one of the top four, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or Liverpool," said Robson.
"That is where Curtis has got to go to progress his career. To go to just another club, well, I don't think that is any different than staying with West Brom.
"I do feel that this is a big, well-established club and that we can only get better, as can he.
"We can both do that together. If his career and reputation is to progress, then he needs to attract the top four.
"I am delighted he has signed and that I am getting most of the lads settled into the challenge ahead this season.
"Paul Robinson has signed a new contract whereas Ronnie (Wallwork) has more or less agreed. In the main, they have all got their heads around the challenge ahead."
Despite the fact that Robson has tied up most of his current squad, he is still desperate to bolster his numbers. Danny Shittu and Guiseppe Rossi remain on his wanted list and he is scouring the country for strikers yet one player who will not be returning to The Hawthorns in the immediate future is former fan favourite Geoff Horsfield.
The Sheffield United striker watched the friendly against Real Sociedad on Sunday from the stands and spoke with Robson.
Given Albion's current predicament in terms of centreforwards, the assumption was made that Horsfield could be in line for a swift return after falling out of favour at Bramall Lane.
However, while Robson didn't rule a return totally out of the equation, he was at pains to stress that he had other targets on his radar at present.
"Geoff got on well with the boys and that is why he was there, to come and see the boys," said Robson unequivocally.
"At this stage, I have got other irons in the fire rather than that one. There is no danger that I would love to bring another two or three players into the squad before start of season.
"We have lost Kanu and Kevin Campbell, but I have bought in (John) Hartson, (Pascal) Zuberbuhler and (Chris) Perry in, so it hasn't been frustrating.
"I couldn't have wished for better, more experienced players and the lot have cost me £500,000 in transfer fees.
"I am happy with the three lads, as they have settled in really well. However, for 46 games, we need to add a few more players to the squad."
Robson also confirmed that Neil Clement's rehabilitation was on course following his knee surgery in the summer.
Though Thomas Gaardsoe and Diomansy Kamara are still some way short of returning to the first-team fray, Robson is optimistic that Clement will soon be offering him an alternative.
"Clement is going through his rehabilitation and is going along quite nicely. It will probably be another couple of weeks before he is playing," he said.
"It has been pleasing that we haven't picked up any other injuries and the lads are now looking forward to the start of the season."